Idiom examples

Idiom examples
Idiom examples

Idiom examples

In this section of idiom examples, we will cover a list of popular and most commonly used idioms. Lets start with easy idioms for kids. If you want to know what is an idiom click here.

  1. Give it a shot – Try 
  2. Speak your mind – Say what you really feel 
  3. A piece of cake – Very easy 
  4. Slipped my mind – I forgot 
  5. Cross your fingers – For good luck 
  6. It’s in the bag – It’s a certainty 
  7. Get cold feet – Be nervous 
  8. A rip off – Too expensive 
  9. Get a kick out of – Enjoy 
  10. Read between the lines – Find the hidden meaning 
  11. Have mixed feelings – Unsure how you feel 
  12. Draw a blank – Can’t remember 
  13. Have a change of heart – Changed your mind 
  14. Be second to none – Be the best 
  15. Get your act together – Behave properly 
  16. Play it by ear – Improvise 
  17. Have second thoughts – Have doubts 
  18. Have a shot at – Have a chance 
  19. Be in the same boat – Be in the same situation 
  20. Out of the blue – With no warning 
  21. A grey area – Something unclear 
  22. Give someone the cold shoulder – Ignore someone 
  23. I’m all ears – You have my undivided attention 
  24. Call it a day – Time to quit 
  25. The icing on the cake – Something additional that turns good into great

Idiom Examples with Animals 

  1. The Elephant in the room – Problem or issue that is too big to ignore
  2. One trick pony – Person with only one ability or good quality that he/she is known for
  3. Fish out of water – Being somewhere you don’t belong 
  4. Kettle of fish – Something is completely different 
  5. Get off your high horse – Quit thinking you are better than others 
  6. Hold your horses – Wait a minute 
  7. Horse of a different color – Something that is different 
  8. Let the cat out of the bag – Tell a secret
  9. Curiosity killed the cat – Asking may get you in trouble
  10. Cat got your tongue? – Why aren’t you talking?
  11. Raining cats and dogs – It is raining very hard
  12. You can’t teach an old dog new tricks – It’s harder for older people to learn new things
  13. Hot dog – A person doing athletic stunts that are dangerous
  14. Doggy bag – A bag to take home leftovers from a restaurant
  15. A little birdie told me – Someone told me a secret
  16. Bee in her bonnet – She is upset
  17. Goose is cooked – Now you’re in trouble
  18. For the birds – Something that is not worth anything
  19. Birdbrain – Someone who is not very smart
  20. But a bug in his ear – Make a suggestion
  21. A bull in a china shop – someone who is very clumsy
  22. Pig out – To eat a lot
  23. Wolf in sheep’s clothing – A person who pretends to be nice but is not
  24. Cry crocodile tears – To pretend to be upset
  25. Make a mountain out of a molehill – Make something that is not important into a big deal

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